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The cost of war, 15 years after the US invasion of Iraq

By Spc. Daniel Herrera, U.S. Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Iraqi children gather around as U.S. Army Pfc. Shane Bordonado patrols the streets of Al Asiriyah, Iraq, on Aug. 4, 2008

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq. On this special edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the cost of war.

According to the National Priorities Project, every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $32 million for the total costs of war since 2001. The wars have cost $5.6 trillion and counting. Half of that money goes to military contractors. What will it take to have a real debate about the cost of war?


Lindsay Koshgarian, program director of National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable and peaceful society

Web Resources:

National Priorities Project:The Cost of War in Iraq

The Hill: 15 years after the invasion of Iraq, still zero accountability for the war

Quartz: Fifteen years later, photos of the US invasion of Iraq offer a rare lens on war

New York Times: Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.